Modi Government promoting higher education institutions in Northeast: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the Modi Government is ,on priority, promoting higher education institutions in Northeast and that a number of specialized institutions and advanced training institutes have come up across the region over the last four years.

Sharing his views with the Nagaland Higher Education Minister, Temjen Imna Along, who called on him to discuss education related projects in the State, Dr Jitendra Singh observed that, till a few years ago, most of the youth exodus from Northeast to the other parts of the country happened primarily in search of higher education. He said, this was an irony considering the fact that in most of the best universities and educational institutions across India, the best of the faculty and the scholars happen to be from the North Eastern region. It is this gross contradiction and anomaly which the Modi Government has sought to make up in the last over four years, he said.

Giving full credit to the impetus and patronage provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Prime Minister himself traveled all the way to Guwahati to inaugurate IIIT and made another similar trip to lay the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art Sports University in Manipur.

Two years back, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed, the Dr Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati was linked with the Tata Memorial Cancer Centre Mumbai, as a result of which, the first-ever Cancer super-specialty course of DM Oncology and MCh Oncology was started, which would cater to the entire eastern region.

With the support of the Ministry of Northeast (DoNER), Brahmaputra Study Centre has been started in the Guwahati University which is perhaps the first-of-its-kind in the entire country. It caters to research, study and understanding related to various facets of river Brahmaputra which is one of the largest rivers in the world. As a result, from across the world, many students who want to undertake a study or research in hydrology, flood control, inland waterways or any other river related facet will have to come specially to this University.

At the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Ministry of Northeast (DoNER) has, since last year, set up an exclusive Study Centre named after Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who breathed his last while delivering a lecture in the same Institute.

Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the Nagaland Minister's concern for improving the education facilities in his State and said that in the last one year, the Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council (NEC) are trying to promote the setting up of a multi-disciplinary University under PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model. Similarly, he said, he had also projected before the Union Ministry of Health to set up an Institute of Higher Medical Studies in the State.

He said, exclusive NITI Aayog Forum for Northeast, set up by the Modi Government, is also seized of the requirement to promote teaching institutions in the State. He assured the Nagaland Minister that he would also take up the matter with the Union HRD Ministry for upgradation of the existing institutes in the State.

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